I swallowed a plastic fork tine. HELP.
August 9, 2013 8:14 PM Subscribe
I was at Panera and accidentally chewed and swallowed a plastic fork tine, approximately an inch in length. It may have broken off while I was using it to break and pick up a crouton, and I didn't notice what I'd chewed until I looked down at the fork. That was 8 hours ago.
posted by Ashen to health & fitness (16 answers total)
I've since consumed a ton of food to try and cushion the tine, as well as consumed extra coffee in the hopes that it'd make me process it faster. A dial-a-nurse hotline operator (connected to my insurance) recommended that I go to an urgent care clinic to get checked out. She advised against the ER, as I had yet to experience any symptoms of the tine tearing my GI tract/getting caught somewhere in my intestines. There are none in my area (New Brunswick, NJ) that are within affordable reach for me.
I'm afraid to fall asleep, even though I am exhausted. What if the tine tears something, and I die of internal bleeding in my sleep? Should I check into the ER to be safe, try my hardest to stay awake, or allow myself to go to sleep for a few hours at a time?